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3 Exercises That Help Calm the Nerves

By Genevieve Cunningham

Most people think of exercise as a way to improve the body. They think of building muscles or burning fat. They think of being able to run a mile or lift a certain amount of weight. But the true benefits of exercise go far beyond the physical body. One of the best benefits is actually the ability for exercise to calm the nerves and lower stress. If you're not an exercise fan, this might sound like nonsense, especially if you've never noticed this effect for yourself. But chances are good that you simply haven't found the right kind of exercise. If you're interested in the stress-relieving aspect of exercise, take a look at these three exercises to try today.

Yoga

Yoga can really help you calm down. Part of yoga is breathing -- deep breathing that allows you to take in oxygen and release tension. You'll learn to put the breath with the move, and in doing so, you'll also learn how to be almost completely in the moment. The key with yoga is not to give up. Many find it frustrating at first, but if you stick with it, you'll find the yoga that suits you best and helps you relax after a long day. 

Walking

Studies show that walking brings positive benefits to those who partake in it. In one study, those who walked at least once per week -- preferably in nature -- showed markedly lower levels of stress. The more you walk, the more powerful these effects are likely to be. Why? Because it forces stress out of the body through movement. But since the movement isn't especially difficult, it does so without too much strain. If you want an easy way to exercise and calm the nerves, put on some shoes and get to stepping.

Swimming

There's something about water that is calming. It allows the body to feel weightless. It drowns out excessive noise. And swimming is taxing enough that it prevents us from worrying over various tasks while we're in the midst of the exercise. And the best news is that the swim doesn't have to be perfectly difficult. Even swimming gently on your back can lower stress and calm your nerves enough to make a noticeable difference.

Exercise is good for improving health -- mentally, emotionally, and physically. If you find that your nerves are often in shambles, try adding these specific workouts to your life. With some deliberate movement, patience, and persistence, you can improve your body and lower your stress starting now and lasting into the future.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Alpharetta, Ga.

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